The cyber criminal who stole nude pictures of several female celebrities in 2014 and leaked them online has been sentenced to 18 months in federal. Ryan Collins, the cyber criminal who pleaded guilty earlier this May, committed the crime after obtaining access to more than 100 Google and Apple email accounts using unlawful means. Many of these accounts belonged to public figures such as Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence, musician Avril Lavigne, and many others.
Collins was originally charged in Los Angeles before the case was transferred to Pennsylvania where he was awarded the sentence last week.
According to The Guardian, Collins used to send fake emails to the celebrities that appeared to have come from Google and Apple. Using this ploy, the man managed to get the usernames and passwords of his victims. Collins was facing up to five years in jail and $250,000 fine.
Reacting to the crime, Jennifer Lawrence, one of Collin’s victim, said: “I can’t even describe to anybody what it feels like to have my naked body shoot across the world like a news flash against my will. It just makes me feel like a piece of meat that’s being passed around for a profit.”